Signalverk! – meaning compositions leading into a new musical direction – is the title of the opening concert on July 13. It is devoted to a new piece by the young Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due: “Freunde – nicht diese Töne” – music focusing on global warming, environmental matters and the Corona pandemic – and the title referring to one of the most significant signal pieces in the history of music: Beethoven’s 9th symphony. The sextet is commissioned by Valdres Sommersymfoni, Norsjø kammermusikkfest and Kulturelt Initiativ and supported economically by Anders Jahres Humanitære Stiftelse and Dextra Musica. The ensemble consists of a unique group of young players: Guro Kleven Hagen and Edvard Erdal, violin – Eivind Ringstad and Hanne Skjelbred, viola – Amalie Stalheim and Audun Sandvik, cello. Barratt-Dues work is played alongside one of the signal pieces of the 20th century – Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht – and the introduction to Richard Strauss opera Capriccio. Peder Barratt-Due will attend the concert and present his own work.
Five of the members of the ensemble go on to play a concert with a wide range of constellations. You may experience music for duet, trio, quartet and quintet in the concert called Many strings! on July 15 and discover brilliant new music through the 1st movement of Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo for violin and cello and the Intermezzo for string trio, Anton Arensky’s String quartet no. 2 for violin, viola and two celli and Frank Martin’s Pavane couleur du temps for string quintet.
B32 – performances of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas – please see separate article.
This summer the Silence Concerts are played by two groups of musicians. Guro Kleven Hagen and Amalie Stalheim perform solo pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and the 2nd movement of Zoltan Kodalys Duo, opus 7 in the first two concerts on July 17 and 18. Kleven Hagen is Concert Master of the orchestra at The Norwegian Opera, artistic director of Valdres Sommersymfoni and a sought after soloist and chamber musician internationally. Stalheim is one of the most promising young musicians in the Nordic countries today. She won Kungliga Musikaliska Akademins music competition, Solistpriset, in 2018, and has played as soloist with international orchestras and as a chamber musician at the most merited festivals.
Elise Båtnes and Louisa Tuck – Concert Master and Solo Cellist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra – play the two last Silence Concerts at Midtåsen Sculpture Pavillion on July 24 and 25. They will treat us with Handel/Halvorsen’s famous Passacaglia, some English works and music by J. S. Bach. Båtnes has played as a soloist with all the professional Norwegian orchestras, had the position as Concert Master with international orchestras – and made a lot of CD-recordings. Tuck joined the Oslo Philharmonic in 2015 – after having led the cello section of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and more of the British orchestras. She was a member of the Nash ensemble and has played as a soloist with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields.
The violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing is an international soloist and plays with great orchestras around the world. She has won many prizes and cooperates with some of today’s most well-known composers. The Chinese composer Tan Dun has composed Fire Ritual for her. Recently she won Spellemannsprisen for her recording of the Grieg sonatas and is playing a Stradivarius kindly on loan from Dextra Musica. In the concert Homecoming on July 22 she will play her own composition for solo violin by the same name alongside a sonata by Edvard Grieg accompanied by the pianist Sveinung Bjelland.
By the full moon on July 23 we really hope for perfect condition for the Moonlight Sonata concert in the park at Midtåsen. The singers and pianist are looking forward to presenting a lovely selection of songs about the moon, love and wonderful summer evenings from the classical repertoire – in the unique atmosphere that’s created by the music and the view over the city, the fiord, the full moon and the universe…..
This summer we’re really hoping for nice weather so we can carry out a real stunt! We will wait for the full moon – and when it’s situated right over the fiord – making the fiord look like gold – we’ll play the whole of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. In the most beautiful scenery and lightning this is a “once in a lifetime experience”!
On the terrace in front of the villa Midtåsen daily Café Concerts take place at noon in the period from July 13 till 25 (except July 19). Four groups of singers and pianists perform light music while you may enjoy lunch from Unike Hotellers café. Here you can meet the four young musicians we’ve chosen as Talents of the year – Magnus Lille Haugen, percussion, Jakob Bjønnes and Samuel Sabbah, piano, all from Sandefjord, and Rebecca Nøstrud Isaksen, violin, from Larvik. You can listen to their talented playing three times during the festival.
The café part of the Café Concert costs kr. 100,-, and you can choose between cake/coffee, cake/mineral water, a beer or a glass of wine – or you may deduct the kr. 100,- from the price of a nice luncheon course. The concert part of the Café Concert is free for all members of Kulturelt Initiativ – and for persons under the age of 18 – and costs kr. 100,- for non-members.
The German Embassy, Oslo – The Austrian Embassy, Oslo – Scandic Park Sandefjord